Santa Cruz Shakespeare Announces 2016 Season

February 26, 2016, Santa Cruz, CA – Santa Cruz Shakespeare is thrilled to present its 2016 summer repertory season, with performances beginning July 12 and playing through August 28 at its new home in The Grove at DeLaveaga Park, 501 Upper Park Rd. in Santa Cruz.

VIDEO: Mike Ryan announces 2016 Season

The 2016 season, the first in the company’s new outdoor venue in DeLaveaga Park, starts with Shakespeare’s magical comedy in the woods, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Terri McMahon, opening on July 15; followed by Shakespeare’s dark family tragedy, Hamlet, opening July 29 with direction by Paul Mullins, director of the SSC’s Henry V in 2013. Plus, Santa Cruz Shakespeare continues the tradition of showcasing the season’s intern acting company with a Fringe production of the time-traveling, gender-bending comedy Orlando, by Sarah Ruhl and based on the novel by Virginia Woolf, with three performances only starting August 17. Tickets go on sale May 16, 2016 with a Santa Cruz Shakespeare Member pre-sale starting May 2, and can be purchased online at

Artistic Director Mike Ryan frames the season by saying, ”In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Theseus, the Duke of Athens says, ‘The lunatic, the lover, and the poet / Are of imagination all compact.’ The three plays of the 2016 season explore the transformational power of madness, love, and art. I am also extremely proud that we will continue our policy of gender equitable casting and telling inclusive stories for a twenty-first century audience. This year, we will heighten those efforts by casting a woman in the traditionally male role of Hamlet.”

In addition to the performances, Santa Cruz Shakespeare will offer special events throughout the summer, including a First Friday Season Kick-off Celebration on May 6, a Season Preview at Bookshop Santa Cruz 
on June 7, post-show discussions throughout the month of August, and Weekend With Shakespeare, August 12-14, where participants will hear leading Shakespeare scholars and theatre artists share their insights into the season’s plays through lectures and discussions.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare will once again offer a “Free Youth Ticket” to one of its productions, a program initiated last season to encourage the introduction of Shakespeare to the next generation. This year, those 18 and …

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